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The Innovation Center Team

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

The Innovation Center’s diverse team embodies passion, talent, spirit and drive. Representing physicians, scientists, designers, social entrepreneurs, business people, and more, each individual is committed to making the world a better place by harnessing innovative spirit and methods.

Paul Tang, MD, MS
Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officertangp_2007

Paul has directed innovative health information technology programs in healthcare organizations, industry, and national policy-making committees for over 30 years. He directed a research group at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in the 1980s that used knowledge-based technology to create intelligent electronic health record (EHR) systems for physicians. In 1994, he led the implementation of the EHR at Northwestern, which was awarded the Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in Computer-based Patient Records Implementation. Joining PAMF in 1998, he directed the implementation of the EHR at PAMF, the first large medical group practice in California to use an EHR. And in 2001, PAMF collaborated with Epic to create the MyChart patient portal and was the first in the country to implement it.

Over the past 15 years, Paul has been working to accelerate the nation’s adoption and effective use of health information technology. Paul is vice chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Information Technology Policy Committee, and chair of its Meaningful Use workgroup. He is a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and co-chairs its Quality subcommittee. He chairs the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, and chairs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Council for ProjectHealth Design.

Paul is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and has served on numerous boards related to healthcare and health informatics. He is a recipient of the AMIA Don E. Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics; was named an Innovator and Influencer by Information Week, a Healthcare Innovator by Healthcare Informatics, a Health Care Heroes Awardee by San Francisco Business Times, and a HIT Men and Women of the Year by Healthcare IT News. Modern Healthcare named him one of the 100 Most Powerful People in 2009 and 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in 2011.

Paul received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering at Stanford University, and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He is a board-certified practicing internist, and consulting associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.


Christina Araiza
Community Engagement ManagerCHRISTINA ARAIZA

Christina is responsible for developing community partnerships to expand the linkAges program and promoting community engagement through outreach activities and events. Christina has ten years of experience in nonprofit program development and management. Prior to PAMF, she worked with U.S-based and international NGOs to develop and implement community-based health programs addressing lifestyle-related health factors and infectious diseases, for diverse populations. Christina holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University.

Dominic Boccaccionew dom 2
Project Coordinator

Dominic joined the Innovation Center team in July 2014. As Project Coordinator, he develops and implements the linkAges Advocates internship for college students. He also supports community deployment and program development of linkAges. His interest in aging populations stems from his volunteer experiences with hospice care, as well as research conducted at the Levine Cancer Institute. Dominic earned a BA in Hispanic Studies with High Honors from Davidson College.


Andrew Bordner, Ph.D.BordnerPhoto
Senior Data Scientist

Andrew joined the Innovation Center in February 2014 from the Mayo Clinic where he led multidiscplinary research projects in the fields of bioinformatics and clinical informatics. His recent work there involved developing new machine learning approaches to predict patient outcomes in liver transplantation surgery and to identify key mutations from cancer genome sequencing data. In his role at the Innovation Center, Andrew will support the team by developing data analysis tools and predictive models for both the linkAges and EMPOWER-H programs.

Andrew earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After completing postdoctoral work in computational biology at the University of California – San Diego he worked as a researcher at The Scripps Research Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Tiffany Dao
Program Development  Specialist

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Tiffany joined the Innovation Center team in January 2013 with a background in health and public policy. Her previous work focused on multiple topics, ranging from health education in the Office of the Surgeon General to health care policy and reform at the National Opinion Research Center and in the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Aside from policy work, Tiffany also focused on social and private sector approaches to health and environmental issues through programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Earth Systems Program.

In her role at the Innovation Center and with linkAges, Tiffany works on a team to drive and support linkAges program development and provides operational support to the linkAges TimeBank.

Tiffany holds a master’s degree in Earth Systems, focusing on Environmental and Food Policy, and bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, concentrating on Health and Environmental Policy, from Stanford University

Linette Fung, MBA, MS
Program Director

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Linette joined the Innovation Center from McKinsey & Company, where she worked as a management consultant in their health care practice. At McKinsey, her work with health and hospital systems focused on achieving growth through innovative approaches to partnering, service line optimization and provision of care for seniors and patients with chronic disease.

Linette holds a master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University, a master’s in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.

Erica Gibson, Ph.D.
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Erica joined the Innovation Center team in January of 2015 with a background in medical anthropology. As the team Medical Ethnographer she is working with community members to better understand the experiences of older adults and the challenges that they face affecting their health and well-being.  Medical ethnography allows deeper insight into the context and behaviors that impact people’s lives, which helps the team to design innovations that enhance health at the individual and community levels.

Erica earned her Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Alabama in 2007. Prior to her work at the Innovation Center, she conducted cross-cultural research on pregnancy and birth experiences of women in the US, Italy, and Mexico while she was a professor of anthropology and women’s and gender studies.

Brooke Matteson
Senior Designer

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Brooke came to PAMF in 2012 after working as a producer, illustrator and graphic designer at Apple Inc. Brooke brings a wide variety of creative skills to PAMF’s Innovation Center team with experience ranging from conceptual design, illustration and animation to advertising and brand design. Prior to her time at Apple, Brooke served as art director for Eaglevision Productions where she created advertising, branding, video, event and marketing programs for clients including Agilent, Sun Microsystems, VeriSign, Adobe, Extreme Networks and Hilton Hotels Corporation.

Vivian Nguyen
Community Outreach CoordinatorLinkedIn Profile Vivian

Vivian joined the Innovation Center in May 2014. As part of the linkAges team, she supports the development and implementation of the Center’s community-based programs through active and sustained engagement. Her passion for community health stems from her experiences working with underserved minority communities throughout the Bay Area and internationally. Vivian holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley.


Vandana Pant
Senior Director Strategic InitiativesVandana Pant, Director of Strategic Relationships

Vandana has broad-ranging experience with social sector practice in the US and India and specializes in envisioning and implementing sustainable models for organizational growth. Prior to joining the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, she led strategic development at The Health Trust, a Silicon Valley-based operating foundation advancing solutions for health equity and wellness. Vandana has also consulted on strategic planning, program design and board development with several Bay Area organizations and continues to serve in an advisory role to build scale and capacity for nonprofit organizations.

At PAMF’s Druker Center for Innovation, Vandana leads strategic initiatives to support deployment of the Center’s work including partnerships, program modeling & operations, communications and a student internship program.  

Vandana has a graduate degree in Mass Communications from the Mass Communications Research Center in New Delhi and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Delhi University.

Nadia Safaeinili
Program Development Specialist, Deploymentnadia saeifinilli

Nadia joined the Innovation Center team in September 2015. She brings a background in public health and a passion for community-centered work, spanning local and federal levels. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C., Nadia focused on community engagement, linking hospitals with community based organizations, and translated complex health information into clear language for the public. Her work in southern California and New York City involved community empowerment, as well as increasing access to health care and health information in community-based settings. Past research experiences at UC Berkeley and NYU included understanding the impacts of racism and stress on the cardiovascular health of African American women, and evaluating how food environments impact consumer choice and diet. At the Innovation Center, Nadia supports program development and deployment for the linkAges program.

Nadia holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University, with a specialization in Health Promotion, Research and Practice, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Liz Silva
Executive Project Specialist


Prior to joining the Innovation Center team, Liz worked as a project coordinator for PAMF’s Personalized Health Care Program and as an implementation coordinator for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Team. Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from California State University, East Bay.


John Williams

Marketing Communications SpecialistJohn Williams

John joined the Innovation center in April, 2014, contributing expertise in marketing, business development and communications. He has worked for diverse companies in the entertainment, media, online, information and non-profit industries, for such companies as Windham Hill Records, America Online, Dialog, Stanford University and Community School of Music and Arts. John’s forte is creating imaginative marketing strategies, utilizing media, social media, special events and partnerships to drive visibility and engagement for organizations.

John holds a BA in geography from California State University, Chico, and graduate studies in geography at San Jose State University. He is also a professional photographer.

Charles Young, PhD
Senior Software Architect

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Since 2000, Charles has been innovating the EpicCare Ambulatory and MyChart applications to place PAMF at the forefront of health information technology. His initial foray into clinical applications development was at Hewlett Packard Labs, where he developed biomedical applications, including an electronic health record system and an ICU care management software system. Later, he joined the Epic Systems Research Institute, developing clinical applications currently used in EpicCare.

Charles earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in Applied Physics from Harvard University. After post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, Charles worked as a physics professor at Brandeis University.

Zehui ZhangZehui

Zehui has been with Palo Alto Medical Foundation since early 2002.  She has worked on MyChart and EpicCare Ambulatory applications for over 10 years and is currently part of Innovation Center team. Prior to joining PAMF, she worked in software development and medical research. She also volunteered at Peninsula Healthcare Connection. Zehui holds a master’s  in Computer Science, and is ECFMG certified.


Some Thoughts on Our “Aging and Community: Redefined” Event

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

Paul Tang, MD, MS
Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 was a big day for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s linkAges Program as more than 200 representatives of community, social service, private and not-for profit organizations gathered at our public symposium, Aging and Community: Redefined!, to discuss strategies to support our senior community – growing 10,000 people stronger every day.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), one of northern California’s largest providers of primary and specialty care, is redefining itself as a community partner to address non-medical determinants of health and support aging in community. Our linkAges Program now has partnerships with 17 local nonprofits, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations, and businesses who understand the value of working together to rebuild community.

The keynote speaker at the event, Bruce Chernof, CEO of SCAN Foundation, a foundation that focuses on the wellbeing of seniors, explained that “chasing diseases is not where the money is. It’s about addressing functions. Function is about the quality of life.  That solution is going to be based in the community.”

A stakeholder panel representing corporations, social services, and other foundations confirmed Dr. Chernof’s claim that in order to successfully address the needs of seniors, we must partner with the community.

I had the opportunity to describe PAMF’s Successful Aging program and our linkAges system. The receptivity by community leaders and seniors to the disruptive ideas we proposed was heartwarming and gratifying.  We described the way PAMF is redefining our role as an organization that not only delivers healthcare, but also partners with the community in raising the health and well-being of residents, particularly seniors.  Many participants stepped up to our request for their engagement by signing up for timebanking, offering to donate their services and their time, and providing funding.

PAMF is proud to be taking an activist role, joining with our community partners, to implement a solution that empowers and supports seniors aging in community!

We invite you to join us in this effort!

PAMF Takes a Leadership Role to Support Seniors Aging in Community

Posted on Oct 1, 2013

Dr. Bruce Chernof

Dr. Bruce Chernof
Keynote Speaker

With Baby Boomers turning age 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, speakers at a forum titled “Aging and Community Redefined – A Vision for the Future,” explored ways that health systems can partner with communities to ensure that seniors can live independent and fulfilling lives in the communities they love. The symposium was sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and held in Mountain View, CA, on September 27, 2013.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Bruce Chernoff, CEO of the SCAN Foundation and Chair of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care, said that we should be thinking not just about disease but about function. “Diseases only gets you half way there. Function is about the quality of life. It’s about how we help our older, valued, community and family members be fully connected. That’s actually a good thing for the medical system.”

Dr. Chernof said that 70 per cent of those over 65 will need some form of long-term services and support and will need it for an average of three years. “This is going to happen to all of us. It’s going to be part of our lives. Most of us are going to need a little bit of help at some point in our lives. We should be working on a solution and the solution is going to be based in the community.”


Dr. Paul Tang

Dr. Paul Tang

Dr. Paul Tang, who directs the Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, focusing on disruptive innovations, told the audience, “the traditional role of health care organizations serving only as sick-care providers ignores the important opportunity to sustain the social and mental wellbeing of seniors. For example, loneliness – perceived social isolation – not only impacts seniors’ feeling of wellbeing, it leads to higher death and disability rates, compared to those who are not lonely.” He cited evidence that seniors who are lonely have a 45% increased mortality rate at 6 years compared to seniors who are not lonely and they have twice the rate of loss of ability to perform normal activities of daily living. Tang said, “PAMF is developing a system we call linkAges to rebuild communities and redefine how seniors age in America. We’re taking a disruptive-solution approach, addressing those social determinants of health that are outside the traditional medical delivery by creating a broad, community-based model to support successful aging in community.”

In an unprecedented commitment by a large health system, PAMF, one of the region’s largest providers of primary and specialty care, has partnered with 17 local nonprofits, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations, and businesses to offer a community-based response to address non-medical determinants of health and support successful aging. Earlier this year, the linkAges pilot was introduced in the city of Mountain View, CA, which was chosen because it is home to a population of diverse ethnicities and incomes, active partner agencies, a supportive City Council, strong neighborhoods, active faith-based organizations, and a significant senior population. PAMF will be expanding the geographic scope of linkAges in surrounding areas in 2014.

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Posted on Oct 16, 2012



Saving Time: Free time-bank program seeks to improve community health by combating social isolation
by Maria Grusauska, Santa Cruz Good Times

Caring for Caregivers
Interview about linkAges with Sam VanZandt on South Bay Sunday, KBAY radio

linkAges: Creating Community Connection and Social Inclusion as a Form of Healthcare
by Jean Galiana, ACCESS Health International


linkAges: Building Support Systems for Seniors Living Independently in the Community
by Susan L. Hayes, Douglas McCarthy and Sarah Klein, Commonwealth Fund

Time bank volunteers offering free workshops
by Carl Sibley, Mountain View Voice

Dr. Paul Tang interview on NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa

Banking on a good time: linkAges TimeBank celebrates its launch in Palo Alto 
by Palo Alto Weekly staff

Vandana Pant and Patty Evans linkAges TimeBank interview on KTVU’s Bay Area People, with Lisa Yoshida

Vandana Pant linkAges TimeBank interview on Silicon Valley Voice, KKUP Radio
by Valli Sharpe

New program leverages the sharing economy to improve energy efficiency in
Palo Alto

by Victoria Thorp, Palo Alto Pulse

Saratoga: linkAges TimeBank can improve quality of life for local residents
by Khalida Sarwari

Cutting-Edge Approaches to Helping the Elderly Age in Place: Pioneering Ideas Podcast – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
by Paul Tarini

Caring for the caregivers: Meet and Move program aims to improve fitness and emotional support
by Rachel Lee, Mountain View Voice

The linkAges TimeBank
by Brent Carey, Today’s World, KFOX, The Game, KBLX, KOIT, Q102.1

A Smart Way to Curb Senior Loneliness: In this program, old and young people connect with one another
by Rachel Adelson, PBS Next Avenue

A meet and greet for your head and feet; PAMF, El Camino offer care for caregivers,
by Diego Abeloos, Los Altos Town Crier


Creating a community to connect, empower seniors, by Chris Kenrick,
Palo Alto Weekly

How Sutter Health gets your steps, heartbeat and sleep patterns into your health records (it’s surprisingly difficult) by Mark Sullivan, Venture Beat

Keeping Seniors Safer at Home Will Benefit Home Health Industry by Liz Seegert

Exploring a Culture of Health: Detecting Signals of Wellbeing, by Carolyn Graybeal, Discover

Leveraging Community for Successful Aging-in-Place: Q&A with Martin Entwistle, Part 2 of 2, by Shelly Gordon, G2 Communications, Inc.

PAMP “Empowers” Patients with Innovative Technologies: G2Comm Interviews with Martin Entwistle, Innovation Center Executive Director, Part 1 of 2, by Shelly Gordon, G2 Communications, Inc.

Walking the Talk, by Paul Span, New York Times



PAMF pilot program aims to track well-being of seniors via utility usage by Diego Abeloos, Los Altos Town Crier

linkAges Connect: It’s purpose is to spot meaningful shifts in the social and physical health of seniors before it’s too late, by  Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle

The linkAges Program, by Amy Hoak,  the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch

PAMF Innovation Center linkages Program Receives $714,000 Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


linkAges TimeBank Gets Cooking with Community Outreach Event

Posted on Jul 1, 2013

They may not be TV celebrity chefs, but linkAges TimeBank members were willing to share their cooking skills and knowledge at an International Cafe Cooking Class on June 25th. An enthusiastic group of 48 prospective and current linkAges TimeBank members, ages 10-80, gathered at Mountain View’s historic Adobe Building to learn about a variety of dishes crossing cultural lines.

The seven amateur cooks who led the sessions shared recipes and techniques for dishes that included pasta, stir-fries, sushi, kimchi, veggie smoothies, cole slaw and smores. To make it more interesting, participants helped with the preparation under the direction of the “chefs.” And of course, everyone got to taste everything made that evening.


Sushi & crowd

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“The reason we organized this event was to draw attention to how the linkAges TimeBank can connect diverse members of the community in a fun way through shared interests,” said Dr. Paul Tang, who directs PAMF’s David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation. “We also used the event to acquaint Mountain View residents with both the broader linkAges program and to recruit them to sign up for the TimeBank.”

The linkAges TimeBank is one component of the emerging linkAges system and is being used as a mechanism to connect neighbors and community members across all ages. Members of the linkAges TimeBank, including seniors and family caregivers, can address personal needs through exchanges with other members that focus on their interests and skills and explore new possibilities for meaningful engagement in their communities. In the TimeBank, everyone’s time and services are valued equally.

You can find out more about how to participate in the linkAges Bay Area TimeBank here: